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Police arrest 5 at illegal West Bank outpost for attacks that injured 2 cops

File: Israeli settlers at the illegal West Bank outpost of Oz Zion, December 30, 2012 (FLASH90)
File: Israeli settlers at the illegal West Bank outpost of Oz Zion, December 30, 2012 (FLASH90)

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of assaulting officers during clashes earlier today at a wildcat outpost in the West Bank.

The alleged attacks, which left two border guards lightly hurt, occurred as Israeli forces demolished a number of illegal structures at Oz Zion, north of Jerusalem. The two received medical care at the scene, according to a police statement.

Police say two settlers barricaded themselves inside one of the buildings, using iron and concrete to attach themselves to the structure. Border Police officers and rescuers from the military’s Home Front Command extracted the pair after several hours.

The statement also says a number of olive trees were set alight around the outpost of Oz Zion during the demolition, sparking a blaze that was extinguished by firefighters called to the scene.

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